Traditional sand control sizing has typically been based on "standard", wide-sieve gravel distributions (i.e. 20/40, 16/30, etc). Historic sand retention testing has therefore been limited to these standard gravel (i.e. proppant) sizes. With the emergence of new proppant technologies, extensive testing has recently been performed to evaluate the impact of mono-sieved gravel on sand retention performance.
Sand retention testing was performed using a number of industry test protocols [
Comparison of the mass of produced sand through various combinations of formation/gravel are useful in identifying the preferred gravel to manage solids production. This study will show that sand control performance of mono-sieved gravel is comparable to that of standard-sieve distribution gravel. This is illustrated by comparing the mass of produced sand and measurement of permeability in the various formation/gravel combinations. The paper will demonstrate that numerous "rules of thumb" employed for gravel sizing (including use of "Saucier's ratio") during the gravel- and frac-pack design process can be applied to any sieve distribution gravel, whether standard- or mono-sieved. In addition to the test results, this paper will reference multiple GOM applications with frac-pack completions in which sand control is performing as designed using mono-sieved gravel.
This paper is critical for all completions engineers who are designing gravel or frac-pack completions. Sand retention testing on mono-sieved gravel is novel, and these results complement existing testing. The results of this testing have already been applied by several exploration and production companies, and this paper will allow others to benefit from the work.
This seminar will teach participants how to identify, evaluate, and quantify risk and uncertainty in everyday oil and gas economic situations. It reviews the development of pragmatic tools, methods, and understandings for professionals that are applicable to companies of all sizes. The seminar also briefly reviews statistics, the relationship between risk and return, and hedging and future markets. Strategic thinking and planning are key elements in an organisation’s journey to maximise value to shareholders, customers, and employees. Through this workshop, attendees will go through the different processes involved in strategic planning including the elements of organisational SWOT, business scenario and options development, elaboration of strategic options and communication to stakeholders.
This paper provides perspective on the current state of multizone completion technology and issues encountered in the industry with developing a system that offers increased capabilities to meet the increasing challenges presented by the Lower Tertiary in the Gulf of Mexico. The lower tertiary formation found in the pre-salt layers of the Gulf of Mexico has become a proving ground for extending what is possible when completing multistage fracturing in ultradeepwater wells.
Hydraulic fracturing is now a little bit easier for US shale operators thanks to readily available horsepower and in-basin sand. Higher oil prices and higher-intensity completions are increasing the need for US onshore pressure pumping horsepower. Will still recovering pressure pumpers and equipment manufacturers be able to step up? Always recorded but almost never used, the water hammer signal could offer completions engineers another set of insightful data if petroleum engineers can crack its code. As drilling activity rises, the demand for all that is needed to complete wells rises even faster.
The oil and gas industry is moving towards deepwater exploration as cost optimisation, through a period of low priced oil, has ensured deepwater explorations and production become more viable. Currently, offshore production facilities in Myanmar exists in both shallow and medium water depths; however, the potential of frontier deepwater exploration are available within the Myanmar offshore blocks. Future deepwater activities will create opportunities in Myanmar especially in end-to-end exploration and production (E&P), and throughout its value and supply chain. In the long run, the emphasise of the industry will include a digitally and technologically enhanced approach to deepwater E&P; while taking an in-depth, methodological and systems-based field development; subsea wellhead completion, asset integrity and more. At the same time, the support system to deepwater E&P must also be developed to ensure that the industry meet regulatory, logistical, environmental, and infrastructure challenges in the Myanmar operations.
Currently, offshore production facilities in Myanmar exists in both shallow and medium water depths; however, the potential of frontier deepwater exploration are available within the Myanmar offshore blocks. This workshop will a provide unique platform for industry practitioners and subject matter experts in E&P and operations to discuss opportunities, emerging technologies, holistic approaches to E&P and more. The workshop also aims to provide an insight on how the industry can rejuvenate both onshore production and operations.
The fourth industrial revolution is taking the oil and gas business by storm. Many companies have increased resources for big-data analytics and machine learning. Though no one sees physical oilfield services as in decline, development in these areas may take a back seat to artificial intelligence. This paper contains a detailed discussion of methods and a software tool that has been developed to generate information that predicts formation-face pressures in real time with the help of live bottomhole-pressure data. This paper presents a factory-model approach to improving CT drillout performance that has been used successfully for more than 3 years and has become standard practice.
Australia’s BHP Billiton and the recently acquired Anadarko Petroleum submitted the largest dollar totals of high bids in US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 253. Operator Talos Energy now believes Zama’s gross recoverable resource lies in the upper half of its pre-appraisal estimate of 400–800 million BOE. The consortium is working toward a 2020 final investment decision on the project. The deal consists of stakes in nine shallow-water producing fields covering 108,000 gross acres in 10–50 m of water. The new well control rule is evidence that memories of the Macondo blowout remain a powerful force for caution.
Learn more about training courses being offered. Learn more about training courses being offered. This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments. Learn more about training courses being offered. Current and future SPE Section and Student Chapter leaders are invited to engage and share. Every attendee leaves energised with a full list of ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those sections and student chapters actively participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized with awards as the best in SPE. SPE Cares is a global volunteering drive aimed at promoting, supporting and participating in community services at the SPE section and student chapter’s level. On its official launch this year at ATCE Dubai, SPE Cares will conduct a “Give a Ghaf” Tree Planting Programme to help preserve Ghaf’s cultural and ecological heritage. The Ghaf tree is an indigenous species, specific to UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is a drought tolerant, evergreen tree that can survive a harsh desert environment. The initiative not only aims to hold events/activities at ATCE, but also recognise community service that SPE members are already conducting in their respective student chapters and professional sections. The KEY Club, open daily, is an exclusive lounge for key SPE members. The lounge is open to those with 25 years or more of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors, Honorary and Distinguished Members, as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) will hold a half-day symposium featuring keynote presentations on urban automation. This symposium will explore technologies being used in developing smart cities through the automation of their infrastructure, transportation systems, energy distribution, water systems, street lighting, refuse collection, etc. These efforts rely on many of the same tools needed for drilling systems automation yielding increased efficiencies, lower maintenance and reduced emissions. Their knowledge and experience can guide the path being travelled by the oilfield drilling industry.